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Five-time Olympic champion and the fastest woman alive, Elaine Thompson-Herah is up in the 2021 World Athletics’ Female Athlete of the Year nominees list.

The sprint immortal set the Tokyo Olympic Stadium ablaze during the last Summer Games having won three gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m relays.

What is more, the Banana Ground native finished the 100m at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 10.61 seconds, breaking Florence Griffith-Joyner’s time of 10.62 seconds set at the 1988 Olympics.

Thompson-Herah, however, ran 10.54 seconds at the Prefontaine Diamond League to become the fastest woman alive and went on to win the 2021 Diamond League [100m] over all title having coasted 10.64, and 10.65 seconds in addition to her sizzling performance in Oregon.

The 29yr old Jamaican sprinter will compete with the likes of Olympic discus champion – Valarie Allman [USA], Olympic 100m hurdles champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn [Puerto Rico], Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion Sifan Hassan [Netherlands], Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon [Kenya], and Olympic high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene [Russia].

Also nominated are; World and Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sydney McLaughlin [USA], Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo [Bahamas], Olympic 800m and 4x400m champion Athing Mu [USA] and triple jump Olympic champion Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela.

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50 per cent of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25 per cent of the final result.

Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Saturday 6 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five women and five men finalists will be announced by World Athletics.

The female and male World Athletes of the Year will be announced live at the World Athletics Awards 2021 in December.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson

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